Lila Rose graduated from Live Oak Academy, a non-profit Christian educational service founded by her parents for homeschoolers. According to a 2006 Live Oak Academy newsletter, Lila Rose enrolled at UCLA in the fall of 2006. She reportedly studied history, political science, and philosophy.

At UCLA, Rose was an active member of the Bruin Republicans.

"Lila Rose, a second-year political science and philosophy student and an active member of the Bruin Republicans, said she notices this trend and is proud of this generalization. 'By saving sex for marriage, they value the sexual experience more because they want to confine their sexual experience to one person in order to value and better protect them,' Rose said."
(Daily Bruin, 11/29/06)

Lila interned with Students for Life of America in the summer of 2007 (www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-build-cardboard-cemetery-for-pro-life-activism-182231/).

Connections to the Leadership Institute and James O'Keefe

Between 2006 and 2008, Lila Rose trained with the Leadership Institute, a conservative organization in Washington led by Morton Blackwell, for President Ronald Reagan's youth mobilization coordinator.

"Between 2006 and 2008, Rose attended four workshops at the Leadership Institute, a Virginia-based educational foundation that teaches conservatives how to polish their communication skills."
(Los Angeles Times, 4/26/09)

From 2006 to 2007, O'Keefe worked as a student publications coordinator for the Leadership Institute, helping to recruit college conservatives and help them start their own publications.

Leadership Institute Vice President David Fenner said in a phone interview this morning that the group had "informal, above-board relationships" with both James O'Keefe and Joseph Basel when they were college students.

O'Keefe founded The Centurion at Rutgers and Basel launched The Counterweight at the University of Minnesota-Morris — each of which received $500 "Balance in Media" grants from the Leadership Institute...

Additionally, O'Keefe was a Leadership Institute employee for roughly a year in 2006-2007, Fenner said, working as a student publications coordinator who helped recruit college conservatives and help them start their own publications.

According to Media Matters, the Leadership Institute provides "seed money to students who want to launch alternative newspapers" (mediamatters.org/blog/201001270001).

Shortly after her stint at the Leadership Institute, Rose published her first issue of The Advocate, a pro-life newspaper Live Action now distributes.

"UCLA doesn't support people who are pregnant and make things easier for them necessarily," a health center nurse practitioner allegedly told UCLA's Lila Rose, the student reporter who wrote the story published in The Advocate on January 22. Rose posed as a pregnant student and, with a friend, attended counseling sessions with health-center employees.
(The National Review, 2/1/07)

While at Rutgers, O'Keefe received $500 from the Leadership Institute to start a conservative campus newspaper.

Leadership Institute Vice President David Fenner confirmed to TPMmuckraker that O'Keefe received $500 from the Leadership Institute to start the Centurion, but couldn't confirm any details of Basel or Dai's possible Leadership Institute backing.

2006: O'Keefe and rose start infiltrating clinics

James O'Keefe was the "friend" with whom Rose infiltrated a UCLA clinic in 2006.

In fall 2006, when she was a UCLA freshman, she and fellow conservative activist James O'Keefe came up with the idea to infiltrate clinics....

"Rose and O'Keefe visited their first clinic — UCLA's Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center — in 2006."
(Los Angeles Times, April 26, 2009).

2006: O'Keefe attends racist conference, calls blacks "n*ggers"

In 2006, O'Keefe attended a conference on race and conservatism featuring leading white nationalists, anti-Semites, and professional racists.

(A)n activist organization that monitors hate groups has produced a photo of O'Keefe at a 2006 conference on "Race and Conservatism" that featured leading white nationalists. The photo, first published Jan. 30 on the website of the anti-racism group One People's Project, shows O'Keefe at the gathering, which was so controversial even the ultra-right Leadership Institute, which employed O'Keefe at the time, withdrew its backing. O'Keefe's fellow young conservative provocateur Marcus Epstein organized the event, which gave anti-Semites, professional racists and proponents of Aryanism an opportunity to share their grievances and plans to make inroads in the GOP.

One People's Project covered the event at the time, sending a freelance photographer to document the gathering. Project director Daryle Jenkins told O'Keefe manned a literature table filled with tracts from the white supremacist right, including two pseudo-academic publications that have called blacks and Latinos genetically inferior to whites: American Renaissance and the Occidental Quarterly. The leading speaker was Jared Taylor, founder of the white nationalist group American Renaissance. ‘We can say for certain that James O'Keefe was at the 2006 meeting with Jared Taylor. He has absolutely no way of denying that,' Jenkins said. O'Keefe's attorney did not respond to a request for comment on his client's role in the conference.

(Subsequent to publication, freelance photographer Isis told Salon she saw O'Keefe helping with the event and believed he staffed the literature table, but her only photograph of O'Keefe was cropped so that the literature table isn't evident. ‘He was helping Marcus Epstein in the execution of the event,' the photographer recalls. O'Keefe was involved the same way you would be involved if you went to a party and you put out the cups and stocked the cooler.')

O'Keefe's racial issues can be seen in many of his prior stunts The notorious ACORN videos highlighted images of himself dressed as a pimp, deceptively edited through hidden camera footage as he baited African-American office workers into making statements that could be perceived as incriminating. There were also lesser-known but equally inflammatory spectacles like the "affirmative action bake sale" O'Keefe and his conservative comrades held when they were students at Rutgers University. During the event, O'Keefe stood at a table in the center of campus offering baked goods at reduced prices to Latinos and African-Americans while whites were forced to pay exorbitant amounts. (Native Americans, he announced, would eat free.)

By O'Keefe's own account, his racial troubles became acute when he entered the multicultural atmosphere of Rutgers University's dormitory system. In an online diary that has since been scrubbed from the Web (but not before being captured on Daily Kos), he wrote that he was forced to live on an all-black dormitory floor after refusing to live with the gay roommate he was initially assigned. O'Keefe claimed his next roommate was "an Indian midget ... who smelled like shit." The roommate left, however, and was replaced by ‘a Greek kid." The new roommate complained to a residential administrator that O'Keefe had called his neighbors "niggers,' prompting the school to expel him from the dorm. He rejected the accusation as a ‘complete lie,' writing, ‘I was lead out of the room crying and screaming at him and my situation, no friends, no one one (sic) to talk to, forced to go in front of a black man, Dean Tolbert, to defend myself and help explain that I did not call anyone any names.'

The following year, despite this record, O'Keefe secured a dream job in the conservative movement, employed by the Leadership Institute, a Northern Virginia-based outfit that serves as the movement's most prolific youth training operation. There, O'Keefe met Marcus Epstein, a fellow ideologue who as editor of a conservative publication at the College of William and Mary assailed Martin Luther King Jr. for ‘philandering and plagiarism' and challenged his patriotism and Christianity.

The "One Peoples Project" story referenced above is available at www.onepeoplesproject.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=309.

2007: O'Keefe and Rose infiltrate a Planned Parenthoodhealth center

In 2007, Lila Rose filmed a visit to a Los Angeles Planned Parenthood health center, where she pretended to be under the age of 16 and in need of an abortion. She was accompanied by someone pretending to be her 23-year-old boyfriend. Rose then posted a video on YouTube of a Planned Parenthood employee apparently telling her to lie about her age in order to avoid having to report the pregnancy to state authorities. Rose said in an interview on the O'Reilly Factor that James O'Keefe played the role of the 23-year-old boyfriend. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP5fNsPKnpE&feature=related).

2007: O'Keefe fired by Leadership Institute

O'Keefe was fired by the Leadership Institute in 2007 after he made a prank call to an Ohio-based Planned Parenthood offering a donation to the clinic on the condition that it would only be used for aborting African-American fetuses.

Meanwhile, O'Keefe lost his job at the Leadership Institute in 2007 after a prank call he made to an Ohio-based Planned Parenthood clinic. During the call, O'Keefe offered a donation to the clinic on the condition that it would be earmarked to pay for aborting African-American fetuses. ‘Because there's definitely way too many black people in Ohio,' O'Keefe remarked to the receptionist. ‘So, I'm just trying to do my part.' Leadership Institute founder Morton Blackwell said O'Keefe's stunts went beyond the right-wing group's standards. ‘He wanted to do sting operations that would affect legislation; he made some calls which have been covered in the news media to Planned Parenthood,' Blackwell told the New York Times. ‘That was beyond the scope of what we had hired him to do. We are an educational organization. We are not an activist organization.' Blackwell told O'Keefe he had to choose between his job and his activism, ‘and he said he was committed to the activism,' according to the Times.

2010: O'Keefe sentenced to three years' probation

In 2010, O'Keefe was sentenced to three years probation, 100 hours of community service, and fined $1,500 for entering a federal building under false pretenses. Four conservative activists accused of trying to tamper with the phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu's office pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of entering federal property under false pretenses.
(New York Times, 5/27/10)

The FBI has said O'Keefe used his cell phone to try to capture video of two others who posed as telephone repairmen and asked to see the phones at Landrieu's office. O'Keefe has said the group was trying to investigate complaints that constituents calling Landrieu's office couldn't get through to criticize the Democrat's support of a health care reform bill.
(Associated Press, 5/26/10)


Lila Rose states that the mission of Live Action is to "end Planned Parenthood" and make the organization feel "fear." She describes her crusade as occurring in a "time of war," which justifies her "espionage." She boasts about description of herself as an "anti-choice extremist."

She considers both abortion and hormonal birth control "abortifacients," and decries a "contraception culture" that results in "lives that are miserable." She opposes all abortion, with no exceptions for rape and incest. Her secretly recorded videotapes and publicized promotional videos include images of real patients whose privacy she has violated, and she advocates that "abortions would be done in the public square."

Rose compares her work to that of Martin Luther King and Mamie Carthan, the mother of Emmitt Till, an African-American killed in racist attack, among other historical figures. Rose believes that supporters of legal abortion have a "moral code that is messed up," and that the pro choice community is advocating "the killing of millions of tiny little women across the world every year and millions of tiny little men."

Rose relies on fringe medical advisors to promote dubious medical claims, including exaggerated dangers of birth control, and abortion safety risks such as breast cancer, infertility and miscarriage. She uses the term "secret abortion" to refer to abortions provided to teens who have sought a legal judicial bypass under state law or teens who have sought abortion in states that do not require parental notice. She criticizes the use of medical terms by clinical staff such as "fetus" and "embryo," rather than "baby." And she has produced dozens of edited propaganda videos that omit important content, create misimpressions by showing information out of context, and dubious editing that slices together conversations. No secret recording from Live Action has ever been authenticated.

Lila Rose's first videotape, made while an intern at Students for Life, is a tutorial on making cardboard gravestones for display on campuses, where she tells viewers, "make it a fun night with friends, with people from your group, you could have pizza, you could even watch a movie as you do it, it's very easy and fun to do".

Lila Rose's advice is: "Live obedience to God. Obedience is freedom." She has a Christian-focused worldview — she recently converted to Catholicism and was baptized in an Opus Dei parish — but her ethics have increasingly come under fire by leading Catholic theologians, who said in response to Live Action's deceptive recording tactics that "Catholics should regard such activity as morally and legally unacceptable." The Catholic News Agency (CNA) wrote on February 11, 2011 that Lila Rose said she "intends to provide CNA with a longer position statement explaining her group's perspective on the morality of its work." She has produced a box set of CDs called Exposing Planned Parenthood, along with John W. Garcia, an anti-choice leader in Arizona; the materials accompanying the CD's refers to "hedonistic sexuality educators," asserts that abortion "releases powers of deception and witchcraft over people especially women," and that abortion "binds the practitioners to the demonic spirits" in a blood covenant.

Her Statements

Goal of Live Action: "End Planned Parenthood"

"And so, the mission of our organization, of Live Action, is ultimately to build the culture of life, to create leaders to lead in the culture of life but also to literally end Planned Parenthood, we are an organization built in part to end another organization. We will plan and we will work to defund them in every state wherever it is possible, to de-license them and to expose them" (Lila Rose, 2010 Values Voters speech).

Instilling "fear" and using "espionage" in a "time of war"

"That fear, we need to help them feel that fear. We want them to not feel safe to abuse children in our country. Not feel safe to continue to operate clinics in our cities. But instead we want to be the ones to help shut them down" (2010 Values Voters speech).

"During times of war, espionage does take place," Rose pointed out. "Is it time, in our country, for us to use undercover work as a tactic to fight? I would say, and I think many Catholics would say, ‘absolutely'" (Catholic News Agency, "Pro-life group's video stings spark ethical debate," February 11, 2011).

No privacy: "Abortions would be done in the public square"

"If I could insist — and this might sound a little strange — but if I could insist that as long as they are legal in our nation, abortions would be done in the public square. Until we were so sick and tired of seeing them that we would do away with the injustice altogether" (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Piny4Ur1EEA&feature=player_embedded#).

"We are all extremists"

To Planned Parenthood I am a known anti choice extremist. But I think I'm in good company today because here we are all extremists for the best cause our nation has today, the cause for the most innocent and the most defenseless (Mass Citizens for Life Youth Convention).

Birth Control: nothing, besides abortion, more detrimental to women & society

"I think some people are so immersed in a lifestyle, a culture, of self seeking, of pleasure seeking, of not being tied to a higher law or higher purpose, and really those lives are miserable, and that's part of the contraception culture, that's part of the materialist culture, the secular culture that we're right now just ingrained in and we need to just fight, fight against it and say how wonderful life is the gift of life how wonderful it is the freedom of living for god and the joy that provides." (Lila Rose speaking to The Roving Reporter Fra Roderic Mary of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, reporting for AirAria.com at the American Life League Conference , February 17, 2009)

"This isn't well known, but birth control causes a lot of physical health problems for women. And this information is being suppressed by the very organizations that pretend to help women. Susan B. Komen, this pro-women, anti-breast cancer organization, gives some of its money to Planned Parenthood which is making more breast cancer by pushing more abortions and birth control — hormonal birth control, on to women" (Lila Rose, Values Advocacy Council, Nov 2010).

So I believe there will be campaigns — we need to make the campaigns — to show the health effects, the health risks, of abortion and hormonal birth control and other abortifacients" (Lila Rose, Values Advocacy Council, Nov 2010).

"America has become a culture of contraception. It is a culture where the act of sexual intercourse has been divorced from its natural purpose — procreation — and used instead as a form of recreation or, in some cases, degradation and even violence." (Abortion doesn't exist in a vacuum, 2/22/10, Kristen Walker, writer for Live Action blog).

"Nothing besides abortion has been more detrimental to women and, by extension, to society, than artificial birth control" (Abortion doesn't exist in a vacuum, 2/22/10, Kristen Walker, writer for Live Action blog).

Opposed to abortion even if the woman has been raped

"What would you say to someone who says I'm pro-life but not if there's rape or incest or something, well I would ask them why are you pro-life? ...It comes back to what do you believe that unborn child is? If you believe it is an unborn child then nothing justifies killing it, even if its father's a rapist. ...And I also say if you're having or if you're encouraging an abortion after rape you're not healing the memory of the rape, you're not taking away from the violence of the rape. You're adding to the violence another violence — and you're making another victim. ...You're never going to hear a woman who was raped say I wish I could go back in time and abort that baby, that's only going to help them heal and help them bring some redemption to that process, there's a lot of great testimonies about that" (Lila Rose, 2010 Value Voters Summit speech).

Pro choice supporters "unethical" & advocate killing millions of "tiny little women, tiny little men"

"...That while she (Planned Parenthood board member) is advocating for women, and for the rights of women, and what she thinks is reproductive freedom, and what she thinks is choice, she is really advocating for the killing of millions of tiny little women across the world every year and millions of tiny little men.... The greatest human rights abuse happening today, which is the killing of the most innocent and the most defenseless among us"

"If you're committing abortion, and you're in support of an abortion, your moral code, your ethical code, is going to be messed up." (Lila Rose, webinar hosted by Students for Life, February 11, 2011).

Compares herself to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the mother of Emmitt Till

"Exactly what Martin Luther King, Jr. meant when he wrote it in a letter in Birmingham Jail, and those people that I were thought to be extremists will be seen as the streaking (ph) in life advocate. Just as Martin Luther King, Jr. who was thought to be an extremist is now recognized as hero" (Lila Rose on CNN, transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1010/03/siu.01.html).